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About this book
This volume covers the modern biology and the speciation of the red algae (Rhodophyta) from unicellular Cyanidia up to macrocellular sea weeds. A team of peer reviewers has reviewed all chapters. The chapters describe a range of topics from cave algae from Atacama, Chile, to genomes of red algae. Some chapters deal with the carbohydrates, physiological mechanisms, and realtionship between red algae and neurodegenerative disease. Other chapters deal with organellar - nuclear genes and taxonomic revision. Emphasis is placed upon the rhodophytan chloroplast, its origin, evolution, division machinery and pigmentation. The reader will find in this book lots of new information on the red algae.
Introduction, J. Seckbach and D.J. Chapman. Foreword, J. Lopez-Bautist.Acknowledgements. List of authors and their addresses.PART 1: ORIGIN AND EVOLUTIONThe Chloroplast Division Machinery: Origin and Evolution, S.-Y. Miyagishim and H. NakanishiEvolutionary History and Taxonomy of Red Algae, Yoon, H. S. et al.PART 2.: GENERAL STUDIES OF RHODOPHYTAInvasive and Alien Rhodophyta in the Mediterranean and Along the Israeli Shores, R. Hoffman and Z. DubinskyThe Extreme Environments of Porphyra, A Fast Growing and Edible Red Marine Macroalga, A. IsraelInvestigations on Reproductive Affinities in Red Algae, M. Kamiya and J.A. WestTaxonomic Revisions of Freshwater Rhodophyta in Recent Years, S. KumanoDevelopments In Biotechnology Of Red Algae, C.R.K. Reddy et alPART 3: GENOMIC STUDIES AND BIOTECHNOLOGYPorphyra: Complex Life Histories in a Harsh Environment: P. umbilicalis, an intertidal red alga for genomic analysis, E. Gantt et alUtilizing Red Algae to Understand a Neurodegenerative Disease, M.S. Gentry et alCoordination of Nuclear and Plastid Gene Expression in Red Algae and Green Plants, M. Hanaoka and K. TanakaPlastid Evolution and the Nuclear Genomic 'Footprint' of Red and Green Algal Endosymbionts, J.F. Hopkins and J.M. ArchibaldRed Microalgae: From Basic Know-How to Biotechnology, M. Lapidot et alRed Algal Genomics: A Synopsis, J.M. Lopez-BautistaBangiophytes: from One Class to Six; Where Do We Go From Here? Moving The Bagnio-Phytes Into The Genomic Age, K. M. Muller et al.Genomic Contributions to Understanding the Evolution of Red Algal Plastids and Pigment Biosynthesis, B.A. NeilanHow Have Genome Studies Improved Our Understanding of Organelle Evolution and Metabolism in Red Algae? J.A. RavenComputational Gene Prediction In Eukaryotic Genomes, M. StankePART 4: CYANIDIAOverview on Cyanidian Biology, J. SeckbachThe Cyanidiales: Ecology, Biodiversity, and Biogeography, R.W. Castenholz and T.R. McDermottMechanisms of Acido-Tolerance and Characteristcs of Photosystems in an Acido- and Thermophilic Red Alga, Cyanidium Caldarium, I. Enami et al Redox-Modification of Chloroplast Enzymes In Galdieria Sulphuraria: Trial-And-Error In Evolution Or Perfect Adaptation to Extreme Conditions? N. Konig et alThe Thermo-Acidophilic Cyanidiophyceae (Cyanidiales), V. Reeb and D. BhattacharyaChilean Cave Cyanidiu, A. Azua-Bustos and R. Vicuna PART 5: BIOCHEMISTRY AND PHYSIOLOGYLow Molecular Weight Carbohydrates in Red Algae-An Ecophysiological and Biochemical Perspective, A. Eggert and U. KarstenRed Algal Defenses in the Genomics Age, F. Weinberger and P. PotinPART 6: OUTLOOK AND SUMMARYSummary, Final Comments and Conclusions, J. Seckbach and A. IsraelOrganism Index. Subject Index. Author Index.